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Monday the 23rd - Thursday the 26th of January

Monday the 23rd
Not much happened happened on Monday, because I had school till 4. I was supposed to have it until 5:30, but our physics-chemistry teacher was absent which I was fine with. I had wanted to go to the pool after school, because the pool opens at 5:30 and it would have worked out perfectly, but I didn't want to stay at school doing nothing for an hour, so I didn't go to the pool. Very eventful day.

Tuesday the 24th
A lot happened at school on Tuesday friends-wise. I had been contemplating changing school and going to a closer private school with like half the amount the students and much better bus connections. Partly because I wasn't feeling great about the education at the public school, but also because I was not integrating very well. Tuesday changed things somewhat.

So we had English 3rd period, and I sit next to the girl that I sort of befriended last week and I asked her what her plans were for lunch and the afternoon. She said that she was eating at the "self" with her friends and asked me the same question - I said that I was unsure and invited myself to sit with them (don't worry, it was polite). I met up with her friend group after getting my sandwich at the canteen. Then we all found a place to sit and talk for the 2 hour break left. I really feel like I made friends on Tuesday, and if I don't like the private school (open house is on Saturday so I'm checking it out then) then I think that I will be fine at the public school.

Wednesday the 25th
Since our French teacher was sick on Wednesday, I started school at 10 (French is usually the first 3 periods) and ended at 12, because everyone does on Wednesday. Not much happened at school, but we did start a new chapter in math that we did a while ago and that I get, so I am excited about that.

When I got home, we all ate together except for my host brother, because he is doing an internship and work from 7-4 Mon-Thu. After we ate, my host mom cut my hair! (I don't know if I have mentioned this, but she is a hairdresser) She did it right in the dining room at the dinner table - she had all of the tools, including a razor! She is also currently looking for work, and most of the jobs require English, so we did the whole thing in English and I taught her some new vocab.

At around 3, we drove into town and ran some errands, including getting me a bus card! I can now travel all over Vienne unlimited times each month for 10euros! It has my picture on it and everything - very exciting. We were running a little late, so I picked up my host brother at his job with my host mom.

Thursday the 26th
I woke up too late today. To be exact, I woke up 2 minutes before my bus left. So I had to take the later bus, which got me to school an 1:15 hr too late, but I got the notes from my classmates so it was fine. I got out at 12 and actually had English from 2-3, but there are no bus connections to my stop at 3 and I decided that English isn't important enough to stay at school until 5 for, so I took the bus at 12 and ate lunch with my host parents.
While I was on the bus, some random person came over to me and asked me about my 2 different converse. I think that they thought that I accidentally wore 2 different shoes and that they were doing me a favor by bringing this to my attention. I told them that I wore two different converse on purpose which they seemed to think was crazy and promptly went back to report to their friend, thinking that I couldn't hear them - I hate when people think that everyone else is deaf.

Anyways, today was a pretty lazy day. I did walk Loupy for like 45 minutes, because I told myself that I couldn't just not move the whole day. We had a nice walk in the park - there is a really nice trail about 5 minutes walk from the house and there is like no one there, so I got some time to myself.


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  1. Great to hear about the bus card - mobility is key. Making friends is wonderful news. If you change schools could you still stay in touch with them on the weekends?
    You are setting fashion trends in France - keep it up.
    Do not miss any more school.

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About me

Hi! My name is Amelia - I am from Southern California, but I have been living in Austria for 6 years, so I speak English and German fluently. I am going to school in Vienne, France for 6 months while living with a host family. I have been learning French at school for 4 years so I hope that my French is good enough, but I guess we'll find out once I start living there! I flew from Vienna, Austria to Lyon, France (which is about 30 min away fromVienne) onFriday the 13th of January.
As I mentioned before I will be living with a host family. They have 3 children, two sons (one of which doesn't live at home anymore) and a daughter. They also have a small dog named Loupy and a cat named Vermicelle, which is great because I love animals! I am in 10th grade and will be attending the "deuxième classe" in Vienne at a Lycée. 

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